Being a part of your literary community means offering more than just great books. Mysterious Galaxy is committed to regular in-store events with authors, book discussion groups, and other special events and celebrations.

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 7:00pm
While YA and adult science fiction author Steven Gould has received numerous awards for his novels and short fiction, he is most proud that his debut novel, Jumper, was placed on the American Library Association’s Top 100 Banned Books list 1990-1999. As he notes, “Jumper was right there at #94 between Steven King’s Christine and a non-fiction book on sex education. Then that Rowling woman came along and bumped us off the bottom of the list.” Exo, his fourth novel in the Jumper series, focuses on Cent, daughter in the only teleport-able family on Earth. While teleportation allows Cent to shop in Tokyo or sip tea in London, it also makes her a target for dangerous people who seek only to use her power for their own sinister objectives.            

Exo (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780765336545
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Tor Books, 9/2014

In Impulse we met Cent, teenage daughter of Jumpers Davy and Millie … and experienced the angst of going to a new school, meeting people, falling in love, and running … okay, jumping … away from some really bad guys. Now she’s set her sights a bit higher … okay a whole lot higher. Space: The Final Frontier. These are the voyages of Space Girl, intrepid teleporting astronaut. Imagine if you will that you could literally and figuratively “jump” into space. Think of the fun you’d have. Hell, just reading about it was a whole lot of fun. I thoroughly enjoyed this outing of our favorite teleporting family and even learned quite a bit about the ups and downs, ahem, of space travel. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Eryie, Fortress of Solitude … those bad guys aren’t just sitting on their hands, nor is everyone else on the planet below.


About the Author 

Steven Gould is the author of Jumper, Wildside, Helm, Blind Waves, Reflex, and Jumper: Griffin’s Story, as well as many short stories. He is the recipient of the Hal Clement Young Adult Award for Science Fiction and has been nominated for both the Hugo and the Nebula Awards. Gould lives in New Mexico with his wife, writer Laura J. Mixon, and their two daughters.

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 7:41am
Having facilitated $4 million worth of first-time authors’ book and screen deals, the Southern California Writers’ Conference (SCWC) is devoted to writers of all levels working to become both exceptional authors and modern, entrepreneurial self-advocates. Whether you’re a writer just starting out, a writer looking to get professional feedback on your work, a writer at the ready, or a writer simply wanting to hang with other writers, register now for the Twelfth Annual Southern California Writers’ Conference LA (in Newport Beach), September 19-21 ( Recent SCWC success stories include crime author David Putnam, whose debut, The Professionals, was released in Spring 2014.

Above (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781476731520
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Gallery Books, 3/2014
I am a secret no one is able to tell. Blythe Hallowell is sixteen when she is abducted by a survivalist and locked away in an aban-doned missile silo in Eudora, Kansas. At first, she focuses frantically on finding a way out, until the harrowing truth of her new existence settles in--the crushing loneliness, the terrifying madness of a captor who believes he is saving her from the end of the world, and the persistent temptation to give up. But nothing prepares Blythe for the burden of raising a child in confinement. Deter-mined to give the boy everything she has lost, she pushes aside the truth about a world he may never see for a myth that just might give mean-ing to their lives below ground. Years later, their lives are ambushed by an event at once promis-ing and devastating. As Blythe's dream of going home hangs in the balance, she faces the ultimate choice--between survival and freedom. Above is a riveting tale of resilience in which "stunning" ("Daily Beast") new literary voice Isla Morley compels us to imagine what we would do if everything we had ever known was taken away. Like the bestselling authors of "Room" and "The Lovely Bones" before her, Morley explores the unthinkable with haunting detail and tenderly depicts our boundless capacity for hope.

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 11:30am
LLL Hosts Julie Lawson Timmer   Friday, September 19, from 11:30am to 1:30pm at   Tin Roof Bistro in Manhattan Beach   Please join us on September 19 at Tin Roof Bistro in Manhattan Beach for a delicious lunch and an introduction to Julie Lawson Timmer, who has written a debut novel that will stay with you long after you turn the last page. Five Days Left is currently available at Mysterious Galaxy. You can pick up a copy during the week from the Redondo Beach store simply by emailing ( or calling (310-542-6000) Emilio. He is typically onsite from 9:00am to 5:00pm. If you would prefer to make your reservation on-line, you may do so at Brown Paper Ticket. In either case, please make your reservation no later than Wednesday, September 17. The cost for this event is $60. You will receive a signed first edition of Five Days Left, have a delicious buffet lunch, and meet debut author Julie Lawson Timmer. You will also have the opportunity to learn about, and participate in, our 2014 non-profit literacy organization, Literary Healing. We will tell you about our upcoming visit to Children's Hospital LA where you can visit the Literally Healing Library.

Five Days Left (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780399167348
Availability: Not in stock, but can usually be shipped within the week.
Published: Putnam Adult, 9/2014

In theory, this could be a tough book to sell. This is the set-up. Maya is a brilliant lawyer, partner in her firm, wife to loving husband Sam, and mother to 8-year-old Lakshmi. Maya is also dying from Huntington’s disease; the degenerative illness means she can barely hold on to a cup of coffee, much less continue her work as a successful and ambitious lawyer. And her condition will only continue to get worse. Scott is a middle school teacher and an expectant husband. He and his wife Laurie are foster parents to Curtis, whose mother has been in jail for the last year serving a term for drug possession.

Both Maya and Curtis have five days until their lives as they know it come to an end. Maya because she has decided to take her own life on her birthday (in 5 days) so that her disease does not continue to humiliate her, to release the burden for her care from her family, and to eliminate one day of future sadness for her family (by combining the date of her birthday and her death). In 5 days, Curtis will be returned to his mother and this fact is breaking Scott’s heart. He loves this boy as if he was his own son, and sees no way for Curtis to thrive in the world when he moves back in with his mother who lives in a significantly depressed part of Detroit in dire circumstances.

A tough sell? Maybe. An incredible voice, a story that will resonate in many multiples of ways, unforgettable characters, and an author to watch. Absolutely!  – Terry 

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 7:00pm
As her online bio states, Chelsea Cain was not an ordinary child ...with her expansive pet cemetery and the deep interest in the local terror known as The Green River Killer. Later, as she worked as a journalist and PR firm’s creative director, she toiled away at fiction writing. While she wrote novel after novel, it wasn’t until she saw The Green River Killer back in the news, this time in hand cuffs, that she received the inspiration for her “gory thriller” that would become 2007’s Heartsick, an MG signed first edition pick. Five novels later, Chelsea launches One Kick, the first in a new series, about a former kidnap victim who has developed resilience and combat skills and uses them to find two missing children. One Kick is one of our Fantastic First selections for September.            

One Kick (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781476749785
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Simon & Schuster, 8/2014

Famously kidnapped at age six, Kick captured America's hearts when she was rescued five years later. Now, twenty-one, she finds herself unexpectedly entangled in a missing child case that will put her talents to the test.

Trained as a marksman, lock picker, escape artist and bomb maker by her abductor, Kick could not return to the life of the average young girl after her release. So, in lieu of therapy, she mastered martial arts, boxing, and knife throwing; learned how to escape from the trunk of a car, jimmy a pair of handcuffs, and walk without making a sound--all before she was thirteen.

Kick has trained herself to be safe. But then two children go missing in three weeks, and an enigmatic and wealthy former weapons dealer approaches her with a proposition. John Bishop uses his fortune and contacts to track down missing children. Not only is he convinced Kick can help recover the two children--he won't take no for an answer.

With lives hanging in the balance, Kick is set to be the crusader she has always imagined herself. Little does she know that the answers she and Bishop seek are hidden in one of the few places she doesn't want to navigate--the dark corners of her own mind.

About the Author

Chelsea Cain’s five novels featuring Archie Sheridan—Heartsick, Sweetheart, Evil at Heart, The Night Season, and Kill You Twice—have all been New York Times bestsellers. Also the author of Confessions of a Teen Sleuth, a parody based on the life of Nancy Drew, and several nonfiction titles, she was born in Iowa, raised in Bellingham, Washington, and now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family.

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 9:30am
         Gabrielle Zevin Nicole Mones Cynthia Bond  Rachel Howzell Hall  Kathy Eldon Women & Words was established in 2003 by a group of women who love to read and whose mission is to honor women’s words and achievements. They created a literary event that promotes women authors and inspires others by donating the proceeds to a diverse group of charitable organizations. Since 2004, Women & Words has raised almost $25,000 for charities such as Children’s Law Center, Penny Lane, Women’s Care Cottage, Westside Children’s Center, Children’s Institute Inc., Children’s Hospital, WriteGirl, Echo Center for Parenting Education, and Reach Out and Read. This year, you can meet authors Gabrielle Zevin (The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry), Nicole Mones (Shangahi Nights), Cynthia Bond (Ruby), Rachel Howzell Hall (Land of Shadows), and Kathy Eldon (author of In the Heart of Life and founder and chairwoman of the Creative Visions Foundation). All proceeds will benefit the CHAMPION Fund which is the fundraising arm of the Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Join fellow literary lovers for a day full of authors, eats, and charity! Register on-line at
ISBN-13: 9781616203214
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 4/2014

In the spirit of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Gabrielle Zevin’s enchanting novel is a love letter to the world of books--and booksellers--that changes our lives by giving us the stories that open our hearts and enlighten our minds.

On the faded Island Books sign hanging over the porch of the Victorian cottage is the motto "No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World." A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner, is about to discover just what that truly means.

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island--from Lambiase, the well-intentioned police officer who’s always felt kindly toward Fikry; from Ismay, his sister-in-law who is hell-bent on saving him from his dreary self; from Amelia, the lovely and idealistic (if eccentric) Knightley Press sales rep who keeps on taking the ferry over to Alice Island, refusing to be deterred by A.J.’s bad attitude. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. These days, A.J. can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidly.

And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. It’s a small package, but large in weight. It’s that unexpected arrival that gives A. J. Fikry the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew. It doesn’t take long for the locals to notice the change overcoming A.J.; or for that determined sales rep, Amelia, to see her curmudgeonly client in a new light; or for the wisdom of all those books to become again the lifeblood of A.J.’s world; or for everything to twist again into a version of his life that he didn’t see coming. As surprising as it is moving, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry is an unforgettable tale of transformation and second chances, an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love.

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 10:00am
    Mysterious Galaxy is proud to promote the rights of writers to express themselves freely and of readers to read what they choose. Please show your support for freedom of expression by buying and reading a banned book from your local independent bookstore!      

Fahrenheit 451 (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781451673319
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Simon & Schuster, 1/2012
Rather than ban the book about book-banning outright, Venado Middle school in Irvine, CA utilized an expurgated version of the text in which all the “hells” and “damns” were blacked out. Other complaints have said the book went against objectors religious beliefs. The book’s author, Ray Bradbury, died this year.

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 2:00pm
       Gretchen McNeil      Anna Carey Two prominent names in Southern CA young adult fiction come to visit us with their newest releases! Anna Carey, author of the renowned Eve Trilogy, studied creative writing at NYU before getting her MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College. Blackbird’s a protagonist has no memory of herself, but a curious tattoo on her wrist bears the likeness of the titular bird and the code: FNV02198. While this is mystery enough, the bigger question she faces is why everyone seems to want her dead. Before she was delivering splashes of YA horror, Gretchen McNeil was an opera singer and voice actress, most notably the voice of Mary on G4’s animated program Code Monkeys. Her fifth novel, Get Even, centers around a group of girls who have formed “Don’t Get Mad,” a secret group responsible for seeking revenge on bullies and crooked teachers. But when a dead body bearing a “DGM” card is found, it looks like someone wants revenge on them. Preorder Get Even and receive something super special! From Gretchen's blog: In order to get the word out about my first-ever series, and as a thank you to you, the amazing fans who have been so supportive over the years, I've gotten special permission from my publisher to release the first two chapters of GET DIRTY on September 16th. Why two chapters?  Because a huge, massive, game-changing plot twist is dropped in the very last line of Chapter 2. The chapters will be printed up in a signed, special edition booklet, along some GET EVEN bonus material and a signed Don't Get Mad bookplate.   ** Please type personalization requests and special instructions in the Comment box during checkout.

Blackbird (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780062299734
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Harper Teen, 9/2014

From the author of the Eve trilogy comes the breathless story of a girl racing to figure out who she is--and how to stay alive. When a nameless girl wakes up on the subway tracks, she knows only one thing for sure: people want her dead. Can she find them before they track her down?

Things I know are true: I am in Los Angeles I woke up on the train tracks at the Vermont / Sunset station I am a teenage girl I have long black hair I have a bird tattoo on the inside of my right wrist People are trying to kill me

About the Author

Anna Carey is the author of The Eve Trilogy (Eve, Once, Rise) and the forthcoming Blackbird series. She studied creative writing at NYU and has an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College. She likes miniatures, subway generated wind, flea markets, chalkboard silhouettes, dance-offs, arnold palmers, Chinese finger traps, and top-of-your-lungs car singing. She dislikes pennies, paper receipts, and tunafish.

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 2:32pm
September 22nd is Hobbit Day! Celebrate Bilbo’s birthday and your love of The Hobbit with us. Ask any staff member for a trivia question, and be rewarded for your correct answer!            
ISBN-13: 9780618134700
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9/2002

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 7:00pm
James Ellroy is no stranger to humanity’s dark side since his exposure to the tragedy of homicide in his early years. James has brought his knowledge of mystery and love for fiction to his literary Los Angeles, writing noteworthy novels such as The Black Dahlia and L.A. Confidential. Perfidia, his newest, begins at the brink of World War II with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and the subsequent stateside panic. As Japanese internment begins, the hellish murder of a Japanese family brings four people together: a captain on the police force, a brilliant Japanese-American forensic chemist, an adventurous young woman, and character most familiar to loyal Ellroy readers, Irish émigré Dudley Smith. This is a numbered event – numbers for the signing line are free with the purchase of Perfidia from Mysterious Galaxy, available September 9th, starting at 10 AM!  If you are planning to attend the event, please do not place your order through the web site as all such orders are processed after the event. Instead, please contact the store and purchase the book on or after the on-sale date.                

Perfidia: A novel (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780307956996
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Knopf, 9/2014

The Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor. The United States teeters on the edge of war. The roundup of allegedly treasonous Japanese Americans is about to begin. And in L.A., a Japanese family is found dead. Murder or ritual suicide? The investigation will draw four people into a totally Ellroy-ian tangle: a brilliant Japanese American forensic chemist; an unsatisfiably adventurous young woman; one police officer based in fact (William H. "Whiskey Bill" Parker, later to become the groundbreaking chief of the LAPD), the other the product of Ellroy's inimitable imagination (Dudley Smith, arch villain of The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, White Jazz). As their lives intertwine, we are given a story of war and of consuming romance, a searing exposé of the Japanese internment, and an astonishingly detailed homicide investigation. In Perfidia, Ellroy delves more deeply than ever before into his characters' intellectual and emotional lives. But it has the full-strength, unbridled story-telling audacity that has marked all the acclaimed work of the "Demon Dog of American Crime Fiction."

About the Author 

James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. He is the author of the Underworld U.S.A. Trilogy--American Tabloid, The Cold Six Thousand, and Blood's a Rover--and the L. A. Quartet novels, The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L. A. Confidential, and White Jazz. He lives in Los Angeles.

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 10:00am
A selection of books that go on sale this week, most on Tuesday September 23rd.       Check with staff if you have questions.  You can also purchase many of the below in eBook format. Just click the title to see if an eBook is available for that title. (Thanks to Kobo, most ebooks are now available for pre-sale.)        Happy Reading!        Signed titles may arrive later in the month. Contact the staff to reserve a copy. 

Afterworlds (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781481422345
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Simon Pulse, 9/2014
Scott's smart, thought-provoking novel-within-a-novel about the parallels between a young writer and the heroine of her story.